UPDATE: You can read the first 12 pages of SECRET INVASION at EW’s website. PLUS, Nisha Gopalaninterviews Brian Bendis:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much input did you have in this event, and what kind of directives did Marvel give you? BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS: I was writing both Avengers books [the New Avengers] and [Mighty Avengers], so I was pretty much there for everything…. I’m also part of that room [in a Marvel retreat that takes place in New York City each year] that decides those things. Me and Jeph Loeb [DC’s Batman: Hush] and Ed Brubaker [Captain America] and Mark Millar [Civil War] are there. We scream and yell at each other — it’s hilarious. You’d literally think that real political agendas that affect the world were being [debated]. In fact, me and Loeb were having at it just at the last retreat.
As we mentioned yesterday, purported disgruntled Marvel staffer Marvel_b0y is blogging again and he has learned nothing from all the misery he has caused.
To all of you haters out there that keep calling me a hater, let me spell this out for you. I do not hate Marvel comics, I do not hate Marvel. I do not want to bring the entire company down. I am not doing this because I am an attention whore. I just don’t like some of the things that they have done and I am trying to use this as a forum to get Marvel to rethink some of these editorial decisions, starting at the top. I actually DO like some books!
He then goes on to plug some books. This, coupled with the fact that he’s posting during the day, when supposedly computer activity and whatnot could be monitored, indicates to us that this Marvel–b0y is indeed a Skrull plant. Is this the same MB as the first bitter, disenchanted blogger? Forensics seem to say yes.
But now a new copy-cat career killer is on the prowl. Another Marvel “insider” is leaking even juicier spoilers to a blog that we won’t link to. Is the blogger in question being played? Is this disinfo being leaked? Do you really care? From our honest viewpoint, SECRET INVASION looks like a fairly entertaining Marvel mini, and if it’s a good story, all the spoilers in the world won’t ruin it entirely. If you want to get even more into the Skrullduggery, marvel has made the entire Secret Invasion Prologue available via its digital comics site. (You’ll need to register to read the whole thing, True Believer!)
Even more importantly, a Marvel_b0y look-a-like has struck BLOG! the Fantagraphics blog! Is this the first in a series of indie/Marvel crossover>
Find Marvel_b0y if you can, which you can’t. I’m squatting where there’s an audience besides the Skrulls and their wannabe minions. Props to DB for slipping his way into this blog (thanks for the easy pickings, Blogger). The tight tshirt crowd at Fantagraphics won’t mind the traffic and besides that Gilbert Hernandez knows how to draw a real superheroine.
Conclusion: NO ONE IS SAFE.
(Above graphic created by Dorian and you must hit that link to get ALL the good shit. Thanks, amigo!)